Tips From The Pro

Tips from the Pro

Losing your swing

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Golf is such a fickle game. Your swing may fell good one day but be gone the next. When things do start to go sour start with your fundamentals. Check your grip posture and alignment. Check for signs of any old faults. Often without realizing it old habits have a tendency to come back. Take your mind off hitting the ball and think more in terms of making a fluent swing. Make a few practice swings with your eyes closed, feel the weight of the clubhead and sense your rhythm and balance. Swing winthin yourself at about three quarter pace until you start to hit the ball solidly again. Write down your most successful swing keys when you are playing well then you can refer back to them the next time your swing is off.


Tips from the Pro

Grip Pressure

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Lighten your grip pressure almost to the point that you are barely holding it and maintain this pressure throughout the swing.


Tips from the Pro

Match your stroke back and through

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Most golfers’ backstrokes are too long, which makes them decelerate the putter into impact, which leads to putts being left short. All short- game swings whether with a wedge or putter should have a symmetry to them; back and through the same distance. This makes it easier to apply the hit and control the distance.


Tips from the Pro

Playing from deep rough

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If the lie is bad, take your medicine, get the ball to the fairway. On the shot itself open your stance and pick the club up more abruptly on your back-swing so that the angle you come into the ball will be steeper. Remember you want to get as little grass as possible between the club face and the ball because that grass will slow the club down.
Eliminate Failures
“The essence of good golf form is simplicity. Simplicity is brought about by the elimination of faulty or unnecessary movements. Admittedly a golfer may accomplish good results by compensating for failures in technique. But a more reliable performance must result if the failures are eliminated, so the compensations become unnecessary.”  ~ Bobby Jones ~


Tips from the Pro

Match your stroke back and through

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Most golfers’ backstrokes are too long, which makes them decelerate the putter into impact, which leads to putts being left short. All short-game swings whether with a wedge or putter should have a symmetry to them; back and through the same distance. This makes it easier to apply the hit and control the distance.


Tips from the Pro

Rehearse Impact

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A lot of golfers hit it great on the range and then struggle on the course. One of the reasons is that on the range you get feedback from one shot and can immediately try it again with an adjustment. On the course you don’t have that luxury. So one way to remind yourself of what you’re trying to archieve is to rehearse the proper impact position. During your next round address the ball normally but, before you swing, get into the proper impact position(weight on the front foot, shaft leaning forward, head behind the ball). Once you do this, go back to address and hit your shot, trying to get back to that same impact position.


Tips from the Pro

The Short Salvation Shot

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Having observed the winners in the Matchplay Finals it is no secret that the winners can thank their good short games for their victories. No single factor will contribute more to lowing your scores on the course than working diligently on your short game. When practicing chipping try and use the same ball you play with. Remember that whenever possible your chip shots should travel most of the distance to the hole on the ground not in the air. Your goal should be to consistently chip the ball so it rolls to within 1 metre of the hole.


Tips from the Pro

Posture

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To make room for your arms to swing freely past your body you must lean over to the ball. Do so from your hips keeping your back as straight as you comfortably can. Think chin up rather than head down. Let your arms hang easily straight down but, not stiff and your right arm relaxed at the elbow. Because your right hand is lower on the club than your left your shoulders will tilt slightly to the right which will encourage positioning of your head behind the ball.


Tips from the Pro

Chipping

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Most professionals use a technique we call “body dominant” simply meaning that they quieten the hands and control the strike and distance with their arms, shoulders and chest. This takes out the risk of getting too wristy and also controls the follow through with the big muscles. A good drill is to place a glove under each armpit and feel the connection between the upper  arms and the chest. Hit shots up to 20 metres keeping the wrists quiet and generating momentum with your body. Make sure you keep your hands set forward of the ball at address with the weight favouring the left leg.


Tips from the Pro

Aim the Clubface First

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Take your grip first. With your body and feet still half open to the target place the face of the club behind the ball so that its bottom edge is exactly at right angles to the target. Set the clubface squarely behind the ball before you do anything else, first so that you can aim yourself relative to it, and second to ensure that the ball is correctly positioned relative to your feet. You must align everything else relative to where it faces. Remember:

  1. Grip First
  2. Aim the club face
  3. Take your stance
  4. Adopt your correct posture